DAY 1 – From your chosen joining point your feeder vehicle will take you to the designated interchange point where your holiday begins. After joining your holiday coach, you will travel to Dover for the short sea crossing to Calais. Continue to the overnight hotel. Bed and breakfast.
DAY 2 – Today you will journey on before arriving in Austria and your destination, Igls, for your 4-night stay which starts with a welcome drink on arrival. Dinner, bed and breakfast.
DAY 3 – DAY 5 – You will have three full days to explore this beautiful region with two included half day excursions which allow you to make the most of the included lunches, afternoon cake and drinks package. During your stay the hotel offers a Farmers’ buffet dinner on one night and an Italian buffet in another Full board. Igls is located just 5km south of Innsbrück and there is a bus stop outside the hotel.
On your free day, you may like to take a scenic ride on the panoramic tramline no 6, the ‘forest tram’ through the idyllic scenery to Bergisel where the iconic Olympic ski jump and tower are located (entrance not included). The hotel is walking distance to the Patscherkofel cable car (will not be in operation for the May departure). The area around Igls is well known for its beautiful walks and hikes.
Enjoy a half day visit to the charming capital of the Tyrol, Innsbruck, with its famous Little Golden Roof, Renaissance Ambras Castle and Imperial Palace. ‘Alpine-urban’ Innsbruck is bursting with cultural treasures, traditional charm and cosmopolitan appeal. Plenty of time to explore - perhaps a trip on the Hungerburg funicular railway with its über-modern stations offering spectacular views over the region or maybe a spot of shopping or people watching on the Maria Theresien Street. Your driver may be able to offer you a guided tour of the city. If you wish to stay in Innsbrück for longer and return to the hotel under your own steam, the hotel can provide you with a packed lunch.
This afternoon there will be an optional transfer to the sparkling Swarovski Crystal World in Wattens with its extensive grounds and ‘Chambers of Wonder’ (entrance not included – guideline price €19 in 2017). Alternatively stay at the hotel to relax and enjoy the facilities.
Scenic Drive – Brenner Pass
A morning drive over the famous Brenner Pass, the Alpine pass at 1,370m Alps which forms the border between Italy and Austria before returning via the old, scenic Brenner route.
DAY 6 – Bid farewell to the Hotel Bon Alpina and spectacular Alps as you head north for the final overnight. Bed and breakfast.
DAY 7 – Today after an early breakfast, travel back through France to Calais for the return crossing to England.